If anything qualifies as a throwback it’s both Ben Carson’s ideas on The Big Bang and the Big Bang itself–the latter literally, the former figuratively. He needs to check “Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity” out of his local library, or buy it and listen to it on his campaign bus. (http://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/big-history-the-big-bang-life-on-earth-and-the-rise-of-humanity.html) The lecturer is great. “Big History” is a study of “the past in all possible scales, from conventional history, to the much larger scales of biology and geology, to the universal scales of cosmology.” * It’s won all sorts of awards and is a great listen if you choose the Great Courses as a way to learn. The man I live with does this and he’s about the same age as the GOP presidential candidate (now, he WOULD make a good president, hmmmm..) which tells me that it’s possible to keep learning and thinking complicated stuff, something I’m not sure BC is doing. This course is taught by Professor David Christian, author of “Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History” which won the 2005 World History Association Book Prize. The pix below shows what it looks like when a learner keeps learning: He gets the courses out of the Farmington Library and listens piecemeal on the way to work. Ben? Are you listening? I think not.
Sweaters are coming out of the closet. Leaves are falling. There’s pumpkin spice-flavored everything.
I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
I can’t deny it any longer. It’s autumn. A turning point in the life-force-driven year of my garden. Chrysanthemums are here, pumpkins are ripe in the field. Yet, still shining in all their punch-drunk dizzying glory, are the golden rudbeckia and sunflowers ~ all showing off their miraculous optimism.
September is a gratifying month. There’s garlic in the barn, pickles in the refrigerator, sauce in the freezer. I think the humble beauty of vegetables is amen-astonishing.
wikiHow is all over that equinox hoo-ha. Here are their 11 ways to celebrate. But I think ancient Chinese philosophers know best.
Stand facing west, considered the direction of autumn in ancient Chinese philosophy. Just stand for a few moments and honor the “westness” of autumn. Consider your dreams and visions, and the path on which you’re moving forward through your life.
Light white candles against the growing darkness of the season. Or place white flowers on your table. White is the color of autumn in the Chinese tradition.
Allow yourself to weep for things you have lost. Weeping is the sound of this season, according to Chinese philosophy.
Find the courage to face what’s ahead.
Sun rays are lowering. nights are crisp. outside, There’s a lot of scurrying for survival.